The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.
History of WordStar from its origins to the present day. Includes WordStar for CP/M, WordStar for DOS, WordStar 2000, WordStar for Windows, NewWord, ED, NED, WordStar Easy, WordStar Personal Writer, and the WordStar Emulator for Word
There's a diagram that does the rounds online that neatly sums up the difference between the quality of equipment used in the studio to produce music, and the quality of the listening equipment used by
My last post - Why Johnny Can't Format [a book] attracted enough attention (over 900 reads so far, plus many comments, tweets, and other social media pass-along) that I thought those th
One of the big frustrations of writing a book is that while Microsoft Word can be used for creating and formatting a book, it's a real pain in the neck for ordinary mortals to use it for that
The rants and raves of Simon Wardley on Evolution, Technology, Economics and Business
Office 2013 will, after years, finally fully support Open Document Format, Adobe's PDF, and, oh yes, Microsoft's own Open XML document standard.
A research group in Britain has recorded data into a crystal of nanostructured glass. This future storage with practically unlimited lifetime and capacity exceeding Blu-Ray's by 2,800 times might save civilization's data for aliens if humankind is gone.
I miei consigli sui sistemi da utilizzare per leggere gli ebook, un formato verso cui pian piano ci stiamo tutti convertendo. La prima decisione da prendere è
A September report from the Library of Congress's National Film Preservation Board called The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929 [PDF] paints a dismal picture of the archival record of silent movies. In all, "14% of the 10,919 silent films released by major studios exist in their original 35mm or other format," although some
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Last week, Microsoft published the binary file formats for Office. These formats appear to be almost completely insane. The Excel 97-2003 file format is a 349 page PDF file. But wait, that's not all there is to it! This document includes the following interesting comment: Each Excel workbook is stored in a compound file. You
I hate Microsoft Word. I want Microsoft Word to die. I hate Microsoft Word with a burning, fiery passion. I hate Microsoft Word the way Winston Smith hated Big Brother. Our reasons are, alarmingly, not dissimilar ...
A blog about LibreOffice (formerly known as OpenOffice.org), programming and reverse-engineering of file-formats
Applying the European Commission's 'Guide for the procurement of standards-based ICT' will not be enough for public administrations to get rid of IT vendor lock-in, says Jutta Kreyss, IT-architect for the German city of Munich. "Standards alone are insufficient for any non-simple IT project. To get out of the vendor-lock in, one has to use standards and open source.
Vinton Cerf, one of the computer scientists who turned on the Internet in 1983, is concerned that much of the data created since then, and for years still to come, will be lost to time.